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The Texas Rare Bird Alert carries sighting information about chasable Texas Review species. Please send reports of Texas Review Species to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee. For more reports of Texas sightings, please refer to:

first sighting: Nov 7; last update: Dec 10 

On Nov 7 a Roadside Hawk was seen and heard at Quinta Mazatlan. Map
Guidelines: Birders are being asked not to park in the corral area. Instead, park along the road and walk the dirt road which parallels the canal.
Latest Reports: Nov 8: Seen midday at Santa Ana NWR over Willow Lake by Chachalaca Trail.(Map). Nov 9: reported at National Butterfly Center (Map) by Daniel Horton. Photos taken. Later in the day seen from Kingfisher overlook at Bentsen State Park. Nov 11: morning, seen at National Butterfly Center and along the road between Bentsen SP and the center. Nov 12-13: continues at Butterfly Center. Nov 14; brief look, along Military Rd. between Butterfly Center and Bentsen. Nov 16-17: Along Military Rd. Several observers. (Map) Nov 19: seen along Military Rd. Nov 20: morning, seen at the border control stables. Nov 21: morning, 4700 North Schuerbach Rd. Continued sighting in area around Butterfly Center and stables through Dec 10. Most recent sightings have been around corral.

first sighting: Sep 26; last update: Dec 9  Map

Angelina Vasquez reported that on Sep 26 she saw a Golden-crowned Warbler near the water feature at Frontera Audubon Center. Note: Frontera is closed on Sunday and Monday. Photos on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Sep 28: 9:45 am. Seen along entrance path from parking lot. Sep 29: very vocal at 9am. Seen a little way down left fork of the trail after going through the gate. Bird was on parking lot side of the trail. Continued sightings through Dec 9.

first sighting: Dec 4  Map

On Dec 4, Andrea MacLeod photographed a Rose-throated Becard  at Salineno Wildlife Preserve. (Photo in eBird checklist)

first sighting: Nov 17; last update: Nov 18  Map

On the morning of Nov 17 a Fork-tailed Flycatcher was present along Wolfgang and Beard Roads near Needville in Fort Bend County. Photographed. Observed by Ron Weeks, Brad Lirette, and others. Continued sightings through the day. Photo by Mike Twilly on Facebook.
Latest Reports: Nov 18: morning, continues at 10315 Beard Rd. Last seen around 9am despite vigil maintained till around 4pm.

first sighting: Nov 6; last update: Nov 9  Map

On Nov 7 a Varied Thrush was seen and photographed by several observers at the National Butterfly Center, in the south feeding area. It has continued through Nov 8. Negative reports on Nov 9.

first sighting: Oct 28; last update: Nov 2  Map

On Oct 28 Dan Coleman photographed two Evening Grosbeaks at Frijole Ranch in Guadalupe Mountains NP.
Latest Reports: Nov 2: 1 male observed.

Port Aransas: WESTERN GULL
first sighting: Oct 25; last update: Oct 27  Map

On the afternoon of Oct 25 Andrew Orgill found and photographed a probable 2nd cycle Western Gull at the Port Aransas Jetty. The bird was still present at 6:45 pm. (Photo)
Latest Reports: Oct 26-27: continues.

first sighting: Oct 19 ; last update: Oct 24  Map

On Oct 19 Justin Bosler found and photographed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher with Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at Reservoir Number Seven on west side of CR 803, just east of Rio Hondo (Cameron County). Coordinates: 26.2506810, -97.5022972. Very chaseable.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Oct 22. Oct 24: morning, photographed at this location: Map

first sighting: Oct 3; last update: Oct 15  Map

On Oct 3 Javi Gonzalez and a groundskeeper found a White-crowned Pigeon at the SPI Birding and Nature Center. The bird was first seen around noon and was still present at dusk. Sightings have continued through Oct 14. It was not found on Oct 15 despite numerous birders looking for it. Possibly it departed in advance of a weather front.

first sighting: Oct 7  Map

On Oct 7 Paul and Betty Rae Davis spotted a Northern Goshawk in Midland. The bird was photographed by Mary Frances Storz.

first sighting: Oct 4  Map

On Oct 4 Daneil Harvey photographed 9 Lawrence's Goldfinches at Frijole Ranch in Guadalupe Mts. National Park. Photos

first sighting: Sep 24; last update: Oct 4  Map

Deborah Valdez reported that on Sep 24 she spotted a Great Black-backed Gull at Galveston State Park.
Latest Reports: Oct 4: Steve Rogow observed possibly the same bird, an immature second winter.

first sighting: Sep 22; last update: Sep 23  Map

Rhandy Helton reported that on the morning of Sep 22, Bill and & Kathy Lupardus saw and photographed a Piratic Flycatcher at South Llano River State Park, south of Junction. The bird was photographed at the Acorn Bird Blind. Later in the day it was not relocated. The park will be closed Tuesday through Thursday for a hunt.
Latest Reports: Sep 23: negative reports in the morning.

first sighting: Sep 14  Map

Alysa Joaquin reported seeing a Fork-tailed Flycatcher on a power line on Sep 14. The bird was spotted east of Austin and south of Walter Long Metropolitan Park.

first sighting: Sep 16  Map

Nina Rach heard the distinct "Ave Maria" calls of a Greater Pewee from her yard on Sep 16. The bird was apparently on Cedar Spur, just west of Voss Rd.

first sighting: Sep 10  Map

On Sep 10, multiple observers spotted a Short-tailed Hawk (adult light morph) from the Hazel Bazemore Park Hawkwatch Platform in Corpus Christi. The bird was seen an hour later with better scope confirmation. Last seen behind the trees as it flew over the golf course. Reported by Daniel Horton.

Lower Rio Grande Valley: TAMAULIPAS CROW
last update: Sep 22 Map
On the morning of Nov 5 Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan saw two presumed Tamaulipas Crows flying south over the South Padre Island Convention Center. Dave and Shawneen caught up with the birds near the causeway and got pics. The birds were heading south. Starting on Nov 10, sightings at the Brownsville Sanitary Landfill. (Map). Please be sure to sign in and follow employees instructions to ensure continued access to the landfill.  The landfill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3:30pm and closed on Sunday.
Latest Reports:
Occasional reports on South Padre Island through May 3. On May 17, 3 individuals were at Southmost Nature Preserve - Map (Richard Kostecke) June 12: One seen in flight over Hwy 4 being mobbed by Least terns. It landed on Stephanie Bilodeau's car and called a few times before flying east. (Map) June 28: one seen at Brownsville landfill. Jul 11: one at landfill Sep 22: one at landfill

first sighting: Sep 7; last update: Sep 8  Map

On Sep 7, Justin Bosler found a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger and a juvenile Arctic Tern at Imperial Reservoir (north of Fort Stockton).
Latest Reports: Sep 8: Justin was able to photograph the Arctic Tern. He couldn't locate the jaeger.



first sighting: June 29; last update: Jul 3  Map

A Northern Jacana was photographed on Delta Lake on June 29. (Photo) It was still present at 1 PM on Jul 1.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jul 3.

first report: June 7; last update: June 18   Map

On the morning of June 7 Noah Arthur photographed a Mexican Violetear at Quinta Mazatlan WBC in McAllen.
Latest Reports: June 7: 6:20pm, David Sarkozi saw the bird briefly during a flyover in the amphitheater. The bird was calling. June 8: morning: continuing near amphitheater. June 9-18: continues.

first sighting: June 23 Map

Philip Woods reported that he'd photographed a Tamaulipas Crow at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve on June 23. Photos on eBird

Davis Mountains State Park: GREATER PEWEE
first report: May 23   Map

On May 23 Eric Carpenter photographed a Greater Pewee in Limpia Canyon, Davis Mountains SP.

first report: May 3; last update: May 6  Map
An Aztec Thrush was recorded at the Wolfe Residence NW of San Perlita, 21520 FM 2209. First seen on the morning of May 3. Confirmed the afternoon of May 5.
Directions and Guidelines: From Raymondville, go east (7-8 miles) on FM 186 to FM 2209 and turn left on 2209 (it's the second blinking light, you'll see the sign for San Perlita.  Follow FM 2209 to number 21520 on the right in about 5 miles.  Permission is give to enter the back yard but please remain in the back yard. 
Latest Reports: May 6:
no sightings as of 6:15 pm.

first sighting: May 10  Map

Breck Tyler reported that on May 10 he found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird near Hot Springs trailhead on Daniel's Ranch Rd in Big Bend NP. Notes on eBird

first sighting: Apr 21; last update: May 11  Map

Susan Foster reported that a male Violet-crowned Hummingbird was present on Apr 21 at 4301 Ravine Drive in  Cal Allen (Corpus Christi). The homeowners are allowing access. No need to contact them in advance. There's a sign posted to let you know you're at the right spot. The bird has continued through May 11.

first sighting: Dec 11; last update: Apr 26  Map

Susan Schaezler reported that she photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on Dec 11. Probable 1st winter bird.
Latest Reports: Continues to be seen through Apr 26.
South Padre Island: GREAT BLACK HAWK
first report: Apr 24; last update: Apr 29  Map

An immature Great Black Hawk on South Padre Island was seen by Javi Gonzalez and Alex Lamoreaux at about 10:30am on Apr 24. The photos by Alex Lamoreaux show white uppertail coverts, which are generally a reliable ID feature. Bill Clark also confirmed the ID of this ABA 1st. The bird was initially seen flying south over the Sheepshead lots of the Valley Land Fund as it was attacked by Great-tailed Grackles. It returned and headed north up the island and was not seen again.  Looked for all afternoon and not relocated.  It made one attempt to cross the Laguna Madre and returned, so perhaps it left on a later attempt. Photos and notes on eBird.
Latest Reports: Apr 29:
Discovered perching in trees on South Padre Island at Valley Land Fund lots. Details on eBird.

first report: Apr 14; last update: Apr 18  Map

A Northern Jacana was reported at the S. Texas Botanical Garden in Nueces County on Apr 14. The observers were Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden. The bird was in Gator Lake west of the observation tower.
Latest Reports: Apr 15-18: Continues on Gator Lake between the observation tower and the Palapa Grande platform, in an area with reeds.

first report: Apr 5; last update: Apr 11  Map

On Apr 5 Bob Honig found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Indiangrass Preserve (NW of Penick/Hebert Rds) in Waller County. Seen by many others. The bird was on the wetland pond near the Katy Conservancy bldg. on Hebert Rd. Most consistent viewing continues to be from Hebert Rd approximately 0.2 mi west of Penick Rd.
PARKING GUIDANCE:  When parking on the Hebert Rd roadside, please pull off the road so as not to impede traffic.  Often there is very little traffic; but sometimes large farm equipment/trucks come by, and it does gut busier at times,.  The roadside shoulders have tall grass growing on them, but absent any significant rain they are firm even though you can't see to the ground.  
Latest Reports: Continues through Apr 1

first sighting: Jan 1; last update: Mar 8  Map

On Jan 1 Anna Galvan photographed an American Black Duck with a drake Mallard at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The duck is believed to be the same bird that was seen last March. The ducks have continued through Mar 8.

first sighting: Dec 10; last update: Mar 12  Map

On Dec 10 Jim Hinson found a Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. The sighting was near Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 5 winters. Last year it was reported from Sep 20 through Mar 22.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Mar 12.

first sighting: Jan 27; last update: Feb 9

A female Elegant Trogon was photographed in New Braunels on Jan 27. The photos were posted on Facebook's What's This Bird? ABA group by Jane Azzaro. Photos
Latest Reports: Feb 4: 5:45pm, relocated by Ann and David Womer at Landa Park. Photographed. Seen by others. (Map) Feb 5-6: continues in Landa Park, Panther Canyon Nature Trail. Feb 7: negative reports all day but conditions were cold, wet, & windy. Feb 8: seen by several. Feb 9: negative




TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)



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